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Our School Values

Picture 1 Perseverance and Resilience
Picture 2 Confidence and Respect
Picture 3 Courage and Compassion
Picture 4 Fairness and Loyalty
Picture 5 Honesty and Responsibility
Picture 6 Perseverance and Resilience
Picture 7 Love and Prayer
Picture 8 Fairness and Loyalty

R.E. is a core subject at Holy Rood Catholic Primary School.  We follow the God Matter's scheme of work which comprises 10 units.  These 10 units are taught annually in every year group but the focus and content is different thus ensuring continuity and progression from Reception to Y6. The units taught are listed below in the order that we teach them except for the unit on Sacraments - this can be taught at any time over the liturgical year. 

Autumn term: 

  • Creation - Children learn about about the creation story and developing this learning to explore why we should look after God's creation
  • Prayer, Saints and Feasts - Children explore our relationship with God and how we celebrate our Saints.
  • Advent - Children think about how we prepare for the waiting of Jesus' birth
  • Christmas - Children look at the story of Christmas and what it means to us.

Spring term:

  • Sacraments - Children develop an understanding of each of the 7 sacraments within the Catholic Faith.
  • Lent - Children develop an understanding of how we prepare for Jesus' death.
  • Holy Week-  Children explore each of the different stages of Holy Week and empathise with Jesus' and the disciples feelings throughout this time.

Summer term

  • Easter - Children are given the opportunities to explore the sacrifice Jesus and God made at this time.
  • Pentecost - Children will learn about how Jesus sent the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples after his Ascension to heaven, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.
  • Revelation - Children develop their knowledge of how we should follow God's laws and how we are waiting for Jesus to come again.
  • Journey in love- this is a recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Sex and Relationship Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PSHE and Science curriculum taught within the school.

 

During His life on earth, Jesus showed respect for those within and outside His own faith community. This encourages Christians to do likewise. The Church calls us to be committed to respecting people of other religions and to recognise that God is at work in them.  To celebrate and embrace other religions such as,  Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism are taught throughout the school within each year group.  Progression can be seen through the topics that are covered in each year group.

Bishop Declan visited our school to mark the completion of our school expansion. The chaplains took Bishop Declan on a tour of the school and he kindly gave his time for a question and answer session. To end our day, he led a collective worship with the whole of KS2.

Year 6 chaplains were invited to attend St Josephs for a chaplaincy morning. The children had the opportunity to meet with other chaplains from the local Catholic schools and took part in creative workshops led by the St Josephs team.

Education for Personal Relationships Programme

Curriculum Overview for Religious Education, based on the God Matters Scheme of Work

As a school we believe that Christian worship in a Catholic school is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. Religious Education of our children not only imparts knowledge as they learn about their Faith, but also deepens their relationship and friendship with God. This is done through deepening prayer in many different forms such as song, role play, music art and dance. The children have many opportunities to pray and as a school we deliver worship on the following days:

Monday – Class collective worship

Tuesday – Hymn practise

Wednesday- Whole school liturgy

Thursday – Children’s Mass

Friday – Whole school celebration

Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and Collective Acts of Worship.  

Holy Rood Chaplaincy Team

Ten Ten Theatre Company Visit

We were very fortunate to have the Ten Ten Theatre Company in to visit. Ten Ten are a Catholic theatre company who travel round schools and colleges.  KS2 children watched 'THE GIFT' which helps children to discover the beauty of self-giving and sacrifice. They were then encouraged to discuss their own experiences and feelings. The actors were very impressed with the children's responses! Reception and KS1 watched 'UP IN THE CLOUDS' which  enables children to see that you can find happiness not only in doing what you want for yourself, you can also find happiness in doing things for others.

 

In the afternoon TenTen ran a parent workshop which gave details about the theatre company as well as the performances that the children watched. Thank you to all those parents who attended.  

 

Following a very busy but thought provoking day TenTen theatre reported that they felt the children had behaved beautifully during the performances and that their responses and attitudes were 'exceptional!' 

The KS2 children had special visitors from the local parish who shared some of their experiences of Bolivia. The children were able to see how CAFOD helps the communities in Bolivia and how our donations impacts our global neighbours

On the 2nd October 2016, the KS2 children led the Harvest Mass which was attended by members of the local parish community. The Harvest gifts were then collected and donated to Swindon Food bank.

CAFOD believes that every child has the right to nutritious food but his is not the case for everyone around the world. Mrs Evans from CAFOD came into school to explain that money raised helps communities all over the world, to support them to grow enough food for themselves and to build a brighter world.

CAFOD believes that every child has the right to nutritious food but his is not the case for everyone around the world. Mrs Evans from CAFOD came into school to explain that money raised helps communities all over the world, to support them to grow enough food for themselves and to build a brighter world. 1
CAFOD believes that every child has the right to nutritious food but his is not the case for everyone around the world. Mrs Evans from CAFOD came into school to explain that money raised helps communities all over the world, to support them to grow enough food for themselves and to build a brighter world. 2
CAFOD believes that every child has the right to nutritious food but his is not the case for everyone around the world. Mrs Evans from CAFOD came into school to explain that money raised helps communities all over the world, to support them to grow enough food for themselves and to build a brighter world. 3

Year 3 and 4 children had a lovely time attending a special Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe Protectress of the Unborn

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